The Royal Cornwall Show, Cornwall’s largest event in the social calendar
The Royal Cornwall Show is surely Cornwall’s biggest annual event. Dating back to 1793 and attracting in excess of 120,000 visitors; locals, folk from neighbouring counties and, of course, holiday makers. There is a huge diverse range of exhibits, activities, competitions, information stands, shopping and an array of food suppliers and farming paraphernalia.
Cornish folk meet old friends year on year, conduct business from banking to buying new farm machinery and smaller delights from ice-cream to an Aga. The show really does highlight all that Cornwall has to offer and give a hugely warm welcome to hundreds of thousands of show visitors every year.
This is 223rd year of the show! Over the 30+ years I have been attending, the standard of the show has definitely kept rising. It’s great for agriculture, good for tourism, brilliant for the economy and the environment, not to mention ice-cream and pasty sales!
Ultimately, this is a high-class agricultural show attracting increasing numbers of farm and pet animals all entered into the multitude of classes culminating in a grand procession in the main ring. The show continues to attract farmers traveling greater and greater distances in the hope of going home with an award.
In addition to the farm animals, there are dog and goat sections with rare breed classes. A fabulous (not be missed) flower tent and excellent countryside area are particularly popular with visitors. There is even room for rabbits, cage birds and the UK’s very important countryside contributor, the honey-bee.
It is no surprise that Cornish-grown and Cornish-produced food are supported and promoted in the trade section, the cafes and restaurants found within the show ground.
The main ring with its seated grand-stand, is a grand affair with entertainment ranging from traditional steam engines to wonderful cart horses. Live with music, song and dance can be found on stages and avenues throughout the grounds.
Almost anything you would want to purchase from cars to tractors and crafts to wedding planning can be found at the show.
With the show ground only 40mins drive from The Cottage, it is a really great day out for the whole family. The Royal Cornwall Show takes place over three days, Thursday 9th, Friday, 10h and Saturday 11th June. Opening times 8.30am to 6.30pm daily.